Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Optometry Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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B.Sc. Optometry is a full-time 3-year undergraduate course, divided into six semesters, of six months each. It essentially involves an advanced study of the clinical skills involved in professionally measuring eyesight, prescribing corrective lenses, and detecting eye diseases.

Top Institutes offering B.Sc. Optometry are:

Interested aspirants need to have qualified the Senior and Higher Secondary Examinations (classes 10th & 12th), as the minimum criteria of eligibility, for pursuing the course in India. The program can be pursued in India for an average course fee ranging between INR 2 and 6 Lacs, varying across institutes. Admission to the course is generally offered based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination, and thereafter a round of counseling.

Successful graduates of the program are lucratively employment across both private and government sectors, in areas such as eye clinics, optician showrooms, contact lens and ophthalmic lens industry, hospital eye department, optical shops, and such, with a monthly pay ranging around INR 15K and 30K at an initial level, varying with the candidate’s expertise in the field.

B.Sc. Optometry: Course Highlights

Some of the important highlights of the course are tabulated below.

Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 3 Years
Minimum Qualification Required 10th and 12th completed from a recognized educational Board.
Admission Procedure Counseling after qualification of a relevant entrance examination.
Examination Type Semester System
Major Entrance Exams AIIMS, JNU, DU, CMC, etc.
Total Course Fee INR 2 to 6 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2.5 to 8 Lacs (annually)
Top recruiting Areas/Fields Contact lens & ophthalmic lens industry, eye clinics, health consultancies, hospital eyes departments, lens manufacturing units, optician showrooms, multinational companies dealing with eye care products, etc.
Job Positions Optometrist, Optician, Sales Executive, Teacher, Eye Doctor, and such.

B.Sc. Optometry: What is it About?

B.Sc. Optometry course has been designed to offer to eligible candidates a wide range of clinical skills and knowledge to examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system using lenses and other optical aids.

Successful graduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for higher courses such as M.Sc., Ph.D., and other research-related studies in the vision care science.

B.Sc. Optometry program aims to educate students about the various professional methods of visual screening, diagnosis of visual problems, orthotics and vision training, optometric counseling of patients with partial sight, color blindness and hereditary vision defects, and designing and fitting of spectacles, contact lens, and low vision aids.

One of the main objectives of the program is to prepare candidates for successfully operating in, and contributing to the department of vision care, as also for pursuing advanced research in the discipline. The B.Sc. Optometry curriculum blends theoretical and practical components of the study.

B.Sc. Optometry: Who should opt?

Aspiring eligible candidates would ideally possess:

  • the ability to deal tactfully with patients
  • managerial skills.
  • good communication and interpersonal skills to deal with other professionals in the field
  • work ethics characterized by dedication and persistence.

B.Sc. Optometry: Top Institutes

Various colleges and institutes offer a B.Sc. Optometry, but some of them considered to be the best to pursue the course are tabulated below along with corresponding locations and total fees charged by each.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi INR 3,085
ST. Xavier’s College Mumbai INR 22,380
Suresh Gyan Vihar Institute Jaipur INR 87,000
Christ University Bangalore INR 16,667
Madras Christian College (MCC) Chennai INR 19,319
The Oxford College of Science Bangalore INR 25,000
Stella Maris College Chennai INR 3,460
Ramjas College New Delhi INR 12,000
Fergusson College Pune INR 3,420
Hans Raj College (HRC) New Delhi INR 16,000
Presidency College Chennai INR 1,265
Miranda College New Delhi INR 17,800
Mount Carmel College (MCC) Bangalore INR 35,600
ST. Xavier’s College Kolkata INR 27,700
Sri Venkateswara College New Delhi INR 11,540
Gargi College New Delhi INR 8,305
ST Joseph’s College Devagiri Calicut INR 3,075
Om Sai Paramedical College Ambala INR 40,000
Elphinstone College Mumbai INR 23,188
Hindu College New Delhi INR 16,173
ST. Xavier’s College Ahmadabad INR 12,000

Eligibility for B.Sc. Optometry

Candidates wishing to pursue B.Sc. Optometry needs to fulfill the below-mentioned minimum eligibility criteria in order to apply for the course.

  • 10+2 qualification in the Science stream, completed from a recognized educational Board
  • A minimum aggregate score of 60% at the level of Higher Secondary Examination (10+2). Some colleges offer a relaxation of 5% to SC/ST candidates.

B.Sc. Optometry: Admission Procedure

Admission to B.Sc. Optometry course is provided to eligible candidates on the basis of performance in a relevant entrance examination, which is conducted either by the concerned institution or at the State or national level. A cut-off score is set for the examination and students clearing that are eligible for the counseling process.

The counseling process comprises two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined, and seats are allotted to qualifying students.

Although, there are some colleges in India that provide admission on the basis of marks scored in last qualifying examination (class 12th).

Mentioned below are some of the major entrance tests conducted in the country for admission to B.Sc. Optometry course.

  • AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) Entrance Test
  • JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) Combined Entrance Examination
  • DU (University of Delhi) Biotechnology Entrance Examination
  • CMC (Christian Medical College) Entrance Examination
  • NEET-UG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Under Graduate)

B.Sc. Optometry: Syllabus and Course Description

Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.

Semester I Semester II
Basic Accountancy Contact Lens
Clinical Psychology Functional English and Communication
Community and Occupational Optometry Geriatric Optometry and Pediatric Optometry
Computer Basics General Biochemistry & Ocular Biochemistry
Semester III Semester IV
General Physiology and Ocular Physiology Law and Optometry
General Anatomy and Ocular Anatomy Low Vision Aids
Geometrical Optics Mathematics
Hospital Procedures Nutrition
Semester V Semester VI
Ocular Diseases and Eye & Systemic Diseases Physical Optics
Optometric and Dispensing Optics Public Relations
Optometric Instruments and Clinical Examination of Visual System  Research Methodology and Statistics
Pathology & Microbiology Squint and Binocular Vision
Pharmacology Visual Optics

B.Sc. Optometry: Career Prospects

Optometry is a dynamic and challenging healthcare profession involving vision-measurement, prescribing and fitting lenses to improve vision, detection and treatment of various eye disease.

Successful graduates of B.Sc. Optometry course can work as faculty in the teaching field, or even start their own practice, where they can earn up to INR 7 Lacs yearly, at a starting level, which is expected to grow with time. Major areas of employment include:

  • Eye Care Departments
  • Eye Clinics
  • Optical Showrooms
  • Multinational companies manufacturing contact lenses and other eye products
  • Lens Manufacturing Units
  • Occupational Health Care Sectors. 

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Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are tabulated below along with the corresponding salaries and job duties related to each. 

B.Sc. in Optometry Average Salary
Optician They prescribe to, and fit spectacles and other optical aids on, both adults and children, working from the prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists. Also, they advise patients on various types of lenses and spectacle frames, including style, weight, and color. INR 3 to 6 Lacs
Optometrist They examine eyes to detect defects in vision and ocular diseases, such as glaucoma and conjunctivitis, and treat them. INR 3.5 to 6 Lacs
Teacher They create lessons & plans and teach those plans to the entire class, individually to students or in small groups, track student progress, and present the information to parents, create tests, create, and reinforce classroom rules, work with school administration, and prepare students for standardized tests, etc. INR 2 to 4.5 Lacs
Research Assistant They prepare articles, reports, and presentations, and perform routine clerical duties as instructed, if essential to the research activities of the supervisor or project to which the research assistant is assigned. Also, they assist in administrative duties such as completing reports. INR 2.5 to 5 Lacs
Sales Executive They are the key point of contact between an organization and its clients to answer queries, offer advice, and introduce new products. Their work includes organizing sales visits, demonstrating and presenting products, and such. INR 3 to 7 Lacs
Eye Doctor They perform vision tests and analyze results. They diagnose sight problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, and eye diseases, such as glaucoma. INR 3 to 6 Lacs

Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Optometry) Fee Structure in India

11.28 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES4 L  (Maximum Fee)
1.39 L (Average Fee)
54 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES5.84 L (Maximum Fee)
2.53 L (Average Fee)

Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Optometry) Fee Structure By state

Delhi NCR

42.40 K
1.51 LPrivate COLLEGES5.84 L
2.78 L


1.32 L
1.65 LPrivate COLLEGES3.93 L
2.69 L


4 L
1.80 LPrivate COLLEGES4 L
3.03 L


42.40 K
2.60 LPrivate COLLEGES3.27 L
3.05 L


90.65 K
1.50 LPrivate COLLEGES1.88 L
1.69 L

Andhra Pradesh

1.90 L
3.60 LPrivate COLLEGES3.60 L
3.60 L


2.04 L
4.40 LPrivate COLLEGES4.40 L
4.40 L


11.28 K
1.20 LPrivate COLLEGES1.50 L
1.35 L


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8.0 /10

Campus Life :

Enjoying in campus fest and it is more memorable moments. And in library books are very useful. Ethnic day and department feast

Placement Experience :

From 6th semester Wipro,etc More than 70 Any government jobs Selecting in campus interviews is useful for students in future

Course Curriculum Overview :

It is help to the student. faculty is very helpful and supportive. Teacher teach like small kids

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Placement Experience :

While we talk about the placement of optometry course students, we as an optometrist have more depend across the world, especially in India. Thus placement is not a big issue since around 90% of the students get placement.

Course Curriculum Overview :

I choose Optometry course because it relates the theories and practicals likewise in physics and mathematics. There is no barrier between students and faculty, students can clear any doubt they face in this course period.

Campus Life :

Depending on the student's willingness, annual fest and tech fest is conducted. There is only a limited number of journals and books available in the library since as of now we are more committed to the internet books.

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Is is important for someone to crack examinations like NEET and AIIMS for this course?
Hi Arisha, as selection criteria for a concerned course varies as per the college/university. Thus, this will depend on the college in which you are applying for admission.
I won't to know is there any nsc optometry college in dhule Maharashtra

Hi Jaber, you can check various B.Sc Optometry Colleges across the country from here.

present in hyd bsc optometry admissions are opened ? i got 899 marks in inter .plz give information

Hi Karajada, kindly mention the concerned college in which you want to take admission as schedule varies from college to college. You can also refer to the list of Colleges Offering B.Sc Optometry from here.

ntr university in vijayawada or CUTM university in vishakapatnam

Admission procedure in NTRUHS has ended on Aug 6, 2019 (tentatively). However, you can still apply in CUTM Vishakhapatnam, admission will be done on merit basis. For further details, you can check the CUTM Admission Procedure from here.

Hlw i want to take admission in optometry from kolkata ... is admission is going on in private colleges ..... i passed 12th from bihar with 60 percentage
Hi Neha, yes you can take admission in private college now.
What are the cut off marks for B.Sc optometry ?
Hi Srujana, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying as the eligibility criteria for a specific course is different for each college. Thus, you may either mention the concerned college/university or you may visit the official website of the same for relevant information.
I got 70% in 12th mh board and 92 percentile in mhcet 2019........can I get government college for bsc optometry in Maharashtra?.........plz tell me as soon as possible.....
Hi Samrudhi, kindly mention the college in which you want to take admission as the admission criteria will vary from college to college. You may also check the official website of the same for relevant information. However, considering your score, you have high chances of getting admission.
I want to take college of pune... I have 80% in i want to do bsc optometry...when form would be released...and how many fees i have to pay for it...plzz tell me as early as possible

Hi Dhanshree, you can check Dr. DY Patil Institute of Optometry and Visual Sciences in Pune for the concerned course. You can check Admission Details and Fee Structure for B.Opt in the institute from here.

12th mark393. Fees offered?
Hi Mugesh, kindly mention the college in which you want to take admission so that we can provide you the relevant details.
I want to take college of hyderabad which is best college in hyderabad

HI Pravalika, University of Hyderabad (UoH) offers B.Sc in Optometry.

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